Freeways in Australia

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This is a list of freeways (or motorways/parkways) in Australia, sorted by states and territories and their corresponding routes. This list includes tollways / toll roads such as the CityLink freeway system in Melbourne. This list has over 70 entries. The only jurisdiction in Australia without freeways is the Northern Territory. Victoria has the largest and densest freeway network in Australia.

Australian Capital Territory[edit]

Freeway leading into Canberra

Canberra region[edit]

Under construction[edit]

  • Majura Parkway (Major multimillion-dollar freeway, replacing Majura Road and connecting B23 Monaro Highway to A23 Federal Highway) - To be Fully Complete by Mid 2016.

New South Wales[edit]

Sydney region (Urban freeways)[edit]

Rural region (Rural freeways)[edit]

Hume Highway near Gundagai

Under construction[edit]

  • NorthConnex (Major multibillion-dollar tollway/tunnel, connecting the M1 Pacific Motorway to M2 Hills Motorway) - To be Complete by 2019.
  • WestConnex (Major multibillion-dollar tollway/tunnels, connecting the M4 Western Motorway to M5 East) - To be Complete by 2023.
  • Western Sydney Airport Motorway (Major multimillion-dollar freeway, connecting the future Western Sydney Airport to M7 Westlink) - Currently in Planning Phase.


Brisbane region[edit]

  • Deagon Deviation

Gold Coast region[edit]

Sunshine Coast region[edit]

Townsville region[edit]

South Australia[edit]

In South Australia, expressway may refer to a controlled access highway with no at-grade intersections or a limited access road of slightly lower standard with at-grade intersections at some locations. Currently there are three constructed expressways within Adelaide.

Under construction[edit]

  • Northern Connector (proposed new road connecting the M2 North-South Motorway to M20 Max Fatchen Expressway) - To begin construction by early 2016.


While the overall quality of Tasmania's highway network has been constructed to a high standard, its grade separated freeway network is limited. In the past, Hobart and Launceston have each had comprehensive transport studies conducted, proposing grade separated freeways running through and around them. While some of these roads have been constructed, the majority are limited access featuring at-grade intersections. Devonport and Burnie are the only major population centres with freeway standard roads linking each other. There has been repeated proposals in recent years to fully upgrade the Midland Highway to grade separated freeway standards.[1][2]
This List is limited to Tasmania's freeway-standard roads.

Hobart region[edit]

The Tasman Highway approaching the Hobart city centre

Rural region[edit]


Victoria has the largest number and highest density of freeways in Australia, with the majority being located in Melbourne City or the metropolitan areas.

The reason behind Victoria having a high density of arterial roads, highways and freeways, is due to a low population density over a large area (like most of Australia), where towns are sparse or located a significant distance from each other; but with Victoria having towns located throughout the entire state, with large numbers of inhabitants, in both urban and rural areas (many of which are major) such as Ballarat or Bendigo.

Eastern Freeway, looking towards Melbourne city[3]
The Calder Freeway. Inbound (Melbourne-bound) carriageway, approaching Mount Macedon and its exit.
West Gate Freeway, approaching the CityLink toll section in Melbourne.

Melbourne region (Urban freeways)[edit]

Rural region (Rural freeways)[edit]

Note: 'East' and 'West' sections are officially part of the same freeway and route corridor.

Under construction[edit]

  • Western Distributor (Major multibillion-dollar tollway/tunnel, connecting the M1 West Gate Freeway to M2/State Route 43 Citylink) - Currently in Planning Phase - Expected to be Complete by 2020.
  • Western Freeway Duplication (Beaufort to Ararat) - To be Complete by Mid 2016.

Western Australia[edit]

Perth region[edit]

See also[edit]